There are loads of fun things to do on your doorstep, but we all need some inspiration for making the most of what the UK has to offer.
Whether you’re planning a leisurely family day out or you’re looking for some excitement, these apps give you some tempting ideas for your time off and all the tools you’ll need. So get out your smartphone, download these apps and get ready to discover more.
This app features recommendations for over 1,800 attractions across the country, including visitor centres, stately homes, castles and gardens, theme parks, zoos, museums, and gardens.
Search your location or a location of your choice, and the app will show you a list of attractions by distance. Along with a Google map, you’ll find price info, opening times and more.
Count the days until your next theme park adventure with a countdown clock. And when you arrive at Alton Towers, there are loads of useful features in this app.
It’ll help you find your car, tell you facts about the rides and give you the all-important queue times. You can also beat boredom while you’re queuing by rating your last ride.
This app uses your phone’s camera, plus augmented reality technology, to highlight different information around you. Search for ATMs, restaurants or even your friends. Just hold your phone up and pan around to see everything you’ll need during your day.
Whether it’s dungeons and dragons or shining knights that you want to see, you’ll find them all with this app.
To help you choose where to go, there’s info on pricing and opening times, along with images and travel directions. Choose your preferred area, and then just browse current events. Family-focused and user-friendly, you can even see whether you can take the dog along too.
Part of the NHS Change4Life fitness and health initiative, this is perfect if you don’t want to travel far or spend a great deal, but still want to make the most of your free time. Just pick an activity and the app gives you loads of fun ideas for keeping the kids entertained and making sure they get some exercise.
2015 Good Pub Guide - iPhone (£4.99)
Once you’ve had enough of exploring and playing, a family lunch or a relaxing evening in a good British pub fits the bill. With the 2015 guide, you can read recommendations and independent reviews for 5,000 pubs across the country and share great pubs with your mates.